When Valerie Rainford approached one of the large publishing houses to shop her book, they told her “it was not believable”; that it “would need to be reconstructed” to attract a target audience”. Determined to tell her story the way she wanted AND produce a quality book that would inspire others, Valerie shifted her focus to self-publishing.

Quickly disappointed in the self-publishing options available, she hired a team to help her learn the publishing industry. Less than one year later, Valerie launched her own publishing company, Elloree Press, and released her much-loved memoir Until the Brighter Tomorrow: One Woman’s Courageous Climb from the Projects to the Podium. Until the Brighter Tomorrow is read by audiences all over the world; has won book awards; is required reading in high schools; and, inspires a custom Girl Scouts badge in Valerie’s honor.

Bitten by the publishing bug, Elloree Press has grown to become a boutique publishing company with a niche in publishing Inspirational Works by new and aspiring authors.

The Elloree Press name is inspired by the small town of Elloree, South Carolina where generations of Valerie’s ancestors were enslaved, later sharecropped and now lay to rest.


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About the Book

"A must read for anyone who has undergone or is going through challenges that seem too big to overcome"

  • 93% Five Stars on Amazon

  • Recommended by Reader’s Favorite

  • Winner - Silver Medal: International Book Publisher’s Association (IBPA) - “Best New Voice Non-Fiction”

  • Loved by audiences of ALL ages and backgrounds

  • Most popular feedback from readers:

    I couldn’t put it down”!

  • Required reading in select NYC High Schools

  • Sold Internationally

  • Book Summary available in Japanese

  • Instructor’s Resource Guide Coming in 2019 - Educators Pre-Order your FREE copy today


Published: September 2014

Price: $13.00

ISBN: 978-0990519317

For BULK ORDERS: Contact Elloree Press via email at info@ElloreePress.com or Call 844-825-8247

Book Summary

A true-life, sometimes gritty yet ultimately triumphant story, Until the Brighter Tomorrow is told straight from Valerie Rainford's heart. The daughter of southern sharecroppers, she takes the reader through her challenging young life in the projects, where her mother's steadfast work ethic and undying support motivates Valerie to choose a different path than that of her high school friends. After the devastating deaths of both her brother and mother, Valerie-determined to beat the odds-embraces her generational current of strength and goes on to graduate from Fordham University, accomplish impressive career firsts, and rise to her present position as a successful corporate executive. With the pulse of a finely written novel, this inspiring memoir radiates with the author's belief that anything is possible if one has enough faith, tenacity, and trust in oneself.


“All I can say is WOW!-this memoir reads like a novel. Although I have heard many parts of Valerie’s story before, I continue to be captivated and inspired.”
— Marsha Haygood, Co-author, The Little Black Book of Success: Laws of Leadership for Black Women
“Until the Brighter Tomorrow is an inspiring must-read, a raw, authentic account that reminds us of the power of courage, strength and perseverance.”
— Carol Evans, President, Working Mother Media
“My heartfelt thanks goes out to Valerie for providing us all a clear way to manifest our destiny. Don’t miss this important gem.”
— George C. Fraser, Author, Success Runs in Our Race and Click

Other Inspirational Works By Elloree Press

“Sonnets from My Soul: At Peace”

By: Michelle Taylor-Jones

Published: September 2016

Price: $9.95

ISBN: 978-0990519393

Available on Amazon

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If you are a new or aspiring author looking to publish an inspirational book, contact Elloree Press at info@ElloreePress.com